Postal regulator directs USPS to request an advisory opinion on DFA or to show cause why it won’t

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured

Tensions between the Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission are intensifying. On Friday, the Commission issued an order directing the Postal Service to file a request for an advisory opinion on Delivering for America or to show cause as to why an advisory opinion is not warranted. (The order can be found on the PRC website here.) It’s been … Read More

Senators call on postal board to abandon DeJoy’s USPS reforms

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Government Executive: The U.S. Postal Service’s governing board should stop implementing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plan to overhaul the mailing agency’s operations, according to a group of Democratic senators who said the 10-year blueprint to improve USPS finances and efficiency is failing. (Their letter is here.) While postal leadership has repeatedly defended its Delivering for America plan and said it … Read More

First-Class Service Turns In Its Worst Performance In The Past 12 Months

Steve HutkinsNews

Snailworks.com: Poor service performance showed across the spectrum last week.  It was a worrisome week. Only 63.5% of First-Class letters were delivered on time last week, with more than 8% more than five days late.  First-Class flats performed comparably to letters but with only 3.8% more than five days late.   An average First-Class letter took nearly five days to deliver. … Read More

US Senate to hold hearing over USPS delays at metro Atlanta distribution center

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

WSBTV: The United States Senate will hold a hearing in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday regarding oversight of the U.S. Postal Service. Channel 2 Action News has been reporting for months about customers’ frustrations in metro Atlanta, particularly with a distribution center in Palmetto. There have been repeated calls for oversight of USPS from members of the U.S. House and Senate to … Read More

The Trump donor whom Biden can’t fire is running the USPS directly into the ground

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Fortune: Technology has afforded us the ability to connect with nearly anyone, anytime—and free of charge. But there’s just something nostalgic and tactile about receiving a letter or postcard via snail mail, whether it be a wedding invitation or postcard from a loved one far away. But many also have a love-hate relationship with the United States Postal Service. Mail … Read More

Atlanta RPDC crashes on launch

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured

The USPS said it would learn from its mistakes at the Richmond RPDC and the next rollouts would go more smoothly. The mail delays in Atlanta have been even worse.

‘Dumpster fire’: Experts predict swing state ballot chaos due to DeJoy’s USPS overhaul

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Raw Story: A noticeable slowdown in mail delivery by the US Postal Service (USPS) is becoming a significant concern for democracy advocates, as millions of Americans will be voting by mail this year. There’s growing worry about whether mail ballots will be counted in time — particularly in swing states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. NBC News … Read More

Editorial: Too many mail-in N.C. ballots unfairly rejected, fix it now

Steve HutkinsNews

WRAL News: Once someone has proven, through the registration process, they are qualified to vote in the United States and North Carolina casting a ballot should simple and efficient. Ballots voters ballots cast before the polls close should be counted. This is simple, fair and common sense. But simple, fair and common sense don’t seem to apply for people who … Read More

Major mail delivery delays raise concerns about voting in the 2024 elections

Steve HutkinsNews

NBC News: In Virginia, hundreds of veterans had their colon cancer screening tests invalidated after the results took months to arrive by mail. An Atlanta college student missed an academic trip to Ghana when their passport with two-day shipping took a month to show up. A bride in Texas had to rent a dress for her wedding after hers spent … Read More

Massive USPS mail disruptions descend on Atlanta

Steve HutkinsNews

The Atlanta metropolitan area replaced beleaguered Houston as an epicenter of infuriating and unexplained mail disruptions in mid-March, when a breakdown in mail processing at one of the United States Postal Service’s huge sorting and delivery centers left consumers bewildered, politicians fulminating and tractor-trailer drivers waiting as long as eight and a half hours to drop off their time-sensitive cargoes. … Read More

More Postal Workers Affected By Downgrade of Charleston WV P&DC Than Union Anticipated

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

As many as 90 postal workers could have their jobs affected by the downgrading of a West Virginia mail facility — a figure notably higher than union representatives previously anticipated. The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced Tuesday that it would carry out plans to transfer outgoing mail processing from the Charleston Processing and Distribution Center to facilities in Pennsylvania. The decision … Read More